Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesdays: It's starting to look alot like summer

Sorry this is late, but my husband took me out yesterday to celebrate the anniversary of our engagment. He's cute like that!

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesdays

Are there times when you just need a moment of silence? A moment of silence to clear your head after a long day or perhaps a few quiet minutes while the kids are asleep. Sometimes we need just need a moment of silence to see what is going on around us; to see the bigger picture. A quiet moment to take a  breathe and observe the beauty around us. And so, I have come up with Wordless Wednesdays- a time of being quiet and just taking things in. Instead of my normal post I will just post pictures, because pictures are worth a thousand words-a thousand words that are silent. Enjoy.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Playoffs and Tears

This is my little Einstein. He is 7 years old. He has never liked sports of any kind. Back in April, during parent/teacher conference, his teacher strongly advised us to put Einstein in some kind of sport so he would learn to be a "team player". And so the next week, I signed up my little Einstein for baseball.

I was so nervous his first day of practice. I knew that if he did not at least catch and hit the ball once, he would be so discouraged and want to quit. You see, my little Einstein is a perfectionist to the core. He will not do something unless he knows he will succeed. But that day something kind of wonderful happened. Einstein hit the ball on his first try! Not only that, he also caught the ball not once, but twice!

Here is Einstein with his coach. After Einstein hit the ball, for the very first time ever, his coach called him a "natural". Well, that just about sealed the deal for Einstein. The moment the coach utter those beautiful words, "You're a natural," Einstein had made up his mind that he would be a baseball player for life.

So let's fast forward to present day. By random stroke of luck, Einstein's team made the playoffs. And so today was the first playoff game. Einstein woke up today, excited as ever, to play in the playoffs. I raced home from work, helped Einstein with his uniform, and then we were off to the game.
I would have to say, this game was the very best game of the whole season. It was so tense, so much action, so close...but no cigar. They did not win. But my little Einstein gave it his all and played the best ever! He had two great hits, scored two runs, and brought home 4 teammates with his hits.

Call me a wuss, but as soon as my little Einstein stepped up to plate a tear rolled down my cheek. And then when touched first base and went on to second the tears kept coming. And finally when he hit home, forget it I was a goner! Look at him.

Isn't he a cutie! I know you would cry too....What can I say, I'm one proud Momma!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Why Try

A couple weeks ago, I received my son's Iowa Test scores. When I saw the envelope, I was filled with a little fear and trepidation. Did I do enough to help him learn? Am I making sure that he is learning all he needs to learn? All these types of questions began to flood my mind as I opened the envelope. I breathed a sign of relief when I realized that my little Einstein had not only done well, but above and beyond well. Later that day, when I was helping him with his homework I praised him for his hard work. He looked up at me with a mischievous gleam in his eye and said, "Thanks, Momma. Did you know that I wasn't really trying  that hard when I took those tests. And sometimes when I'm in class I don't always pay attention. So that means that I don't have to pay attention all the time or try that hard and I can still get good grades. I'm pretty smart, huh!"
I just smiled and mused his hair as he hopped of the chair and went off to play.

My little Einstein's lackadaisical attitude toward school got me thinking. Did he inherit that attitude from me? No way! I love school, I would be a professional student if  possible. But then I realized I may not be like that towards school, but I am like that in other ways. There have been times when I have been going through various trials in my life that I think if I do my best and pray everyday, then God will help me through this. And when he does and the trial is over, I am back to lackadaisical ways.

I need to be an example for my son. I need to make more an effort to be diligent in everything I do. My little Einstein is always going to be watching me, whether I am aware of it or not and whether I want him to or not. I need him to see God in my life everyday, not just when the times get tough.

What about you? In what ways are do you have a lackadaisical attitude?

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Semi-Good For You Oatmeal Raisin Cranberry Cookies

As promised here is my recipe for what I call my Semi-Good For You Oatmeal Raisin Cranberry Cookies. Please let me know what you think, as I just came up with this recipe on Sunday.
Semi-Good For You Oatmeal Raisin Cranberry Cookies
1 1/2 to 2 cups of raisins
1 1/2 to 2 cups of dried cranberries
1 cup (2 sticks) of butter or margarine
2 eggs
2 cups of brown sugar
2 cups of wheat flour
3 cups of oats (Not quick cooking oats)
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/3 cup of evaporated milk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put the raisins in a bowl, fill the bowl with very hot water, cover and set aside.
 In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar.
 Next, add the eggs and vanilla and mix well.
 In a medium bowl, add the wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and stir. Little by little, add the flour mixture to the creamed butter mixture. Then add the evaporated milk. Drain the water from the raisins. Finally fold in the oats, raisins and cranberries.
 If the dough is "loose" add more flour to thicken the dough. Lightly grease the cookie sheets. Drop the dough in nice round spoonfuls onto the cookie sheets. If when, you drop the dough on the cookie sheet and it begins to "flatten out" then the dough needs more flour.
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 Bake the cookies for 13-15 minutes or until the cookie bottom is little browned. Makes about 3-4 dozen.
Make sure to let me know how it turns out.

Moe's Rocky Road

When I was little, I used to spend the night at my grandparent's house every Friday. Every Friday night, we would watch tv and eat Rocky Road ice cream(my grandpa's favorite). Well, I am allergic to nuts so, I would have to carefully pick out all the almonds. It was a pain! I have always loved Rocky Road, ever since then, but having to pick out the almonds has kept me from enjoying it. 
A few months ago, I got my beloved Cuisinart 2 quart yogurt and ice cream maker. And just case you were wondering, yes, I love ice cream! I can eat ice cream anytime, even in the dead of winter! Well, now that I make my own ice cream, I can make any flavor that my little heart desires. And since, I love to make my own recipes for things, I was in frozen culinary bliss! So, I came up with my own version of Rocky Road, Moe's RockyRoad, to commemorate those Friday nights with my grandpa.
Moe's RockyRoad Ice Cream
1 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
2/3 cup of sugar
1 1/2 cup of 1% milk
3 1/4 cup of fat free half and half
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
3/4 cup to 1 cup of carmel sauce or carmel topping
1-2 cups of marshmallows, it's to your liking
In a medium size bowl, sift the cocoa. Then add the sugars and stir with a spoon, make sure there are no lumps. Next add the milk and mix on low to medium speed until it is well blended. It will be thick. Add the half and half and stir, so that it is well blended. Place in your ice cream maker for about 10-15, till it is slighty thickened. Then add carmel and marshmallows and continue to mix in the ice cream maker for about another 15 minutes, or till it has the reached the consistency you desire. Enjoy
The best thing about this ice cream is that there are no preservatives and that it is so low fat and yet so smooth and cream.

Let me know how it turns out.

Einstein Hair

The other morning, my son comes bursting into my room, disturbing my sweet slumber. "Momma, momma! How does my hair look?"  I slowly crack one eye open. "It looks fine," I say.
"No, Momma. Look again, really look. Here let me turn on the light so you can really see."
Oh no, not the light, I think to myself. Just then, he flicks on the oh so, bright light. I sit up. His hair has been slicked down with lots and lots of gel, parted to the side just the way he likes. "Honey, it looks fine."
"Are you sure, Momma?" He looks at me with his brown puppy dog eyes.
"Yes, Honey, it looks fine."
"Does it look like 'Einstien hair'?" he askes.
" 'Einstein hair'? No. Why?" I have a slight feeling someone must have made fun of his hair. He is in disparate need of hair cut and he has always been very sensitive when it comes to his hair ever since preschool. You see, when my little guy was a wee one he had curly hair. On this first day of preschool, several kids came up and touched his hair. It really freaked him out. Not only that, several kids made fun of him because he was the only one in the class that had curly hair. Although now that his hair has lost most  it's curl, it's just slighty wavy, he is still self conscience of it. He begins to explain.
"Yesterday at school, Mr. T (his 1st grade teacher) called me 'Einstein hair'," he says with eyes filled with sadness.
I needed to come up with something quick. So I said, "Honey, he didn't call you 'Einstein hair' because of your hair. He called you that because you are smart. You see, there is a very famous scientist name Albert Einstein who was very, very smart. So you see, Mr. T called you 'Einstein Hair' because he thinks you are really smart. I wish someone called me 'Einstein'." I give him a big hug and kiss.
"Thanks, Momma. I love you! See you later, 'Einstein'." He smiles at me and leaves full of confidence.
On my drive to work I call my sister, who's in beauty school, and ask her to come over cut my little Einstein's hair.
This is my little Einstein with his new hair cut....isn't he soooo handsome...I'm a proud momma!


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